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Geoducks - clams with charisma

Sharuf Aug 27, 2011 08:30 PM

This huge clam has a neck that can be three feet long. They dig 'em up in Washington and Canada and ship them off to sell them to eager Asians, who find the shape, er, inspiring.

They are even starting to farm them, the demand is so good. You won't see them at your Safeway, however, this is strictly an export commodity.

The article is well written and fun to read.


  1. inaplasticcup Aug 29, 2011 05:45 PM

    I LOVE geoduck raw as sashimi, and in sashimi salad preparations. I don't care for it cooked as much.

    It is a little spendy, though...

    1. BobB Aug 29, 2011 11:53 AM

      We see geoduck on the menu all the time at the better Chinatown restaurants here in Boston.

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        Bunson Aug 29, 2011 10:55 AM

        I remember growing up my parents would buy geoduck clam all the time and slice it up thin and eat it raw with a hot chili paste dipping sauce. Was too strong for me at the time (like 25 years ago) but it was dirt cheap and always available. Now clams are one of my favorite foods in the world and wish the prices were the same. :(

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          inaplasticcup Aug 29, 2011 05:47 PM

          Are your parents Korean by any chance? :)

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            Bunson Aug 29, 2011 06:07 PM

            I've said too much!

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              inaplasticcup Aug 29, 2011 08:03 PM

              LOL. Good shizz, ain't it?

        2. paulj Aug 27, 2011 08:34 PM

          I regularly see them in the fish department at 99Ranch in the north Seattle suburbs. About $15/lb. Haven't bought one yet.

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            EricMM Aug 28, 2011 10:03 AM

            I buy them at some of the Asian markets here in Queens. Expensive- cheapest is $17/lb, usually $20-25. I buy the smallest one I can find, which is usually about 1/2-2/3 lb. Its absolutely essential to get one with a very tight neck. Slap it a bit, the neck should retract and get very tight. If its stretched in any way, or doesn't respond to being slapped around, don't buy it. I slice the neck for sashimi (don't cook it- it will get hard as a rock) and flour and fry the belly muscles. The belly itself is pretty gross...its so big it doesn't cook fully without falling apart, and has a really strong taste.

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              JEN10 Aug 28, 2011 10:10 AM


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                Sharuf Aug 28, 2011 09:27 PM

                Don't you clean out the belly before cooking?

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                  EricMM Aug 29, 2011 09:28 AM

                  The geoduck is basically a giant steamer clam. But while the belly is the best part of the steamer clam, the belly on even the smallest geoduck is the size of a dozen steamer bellies combined. Way too intense, and a lousy, mushy texture anyway. So, yes, when I make geoduck I cut away and discard the belly.

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